Interpol wants Internet users to report moves of 450 fugitives

LYON - Interpol yesterday urged Internet users to help track down hundreds of fugitives wanted for murder, rape, child sexual abuse and other serious crimes.

LYON - Interpol yesterday urged Internet users to help track down hundreds of fugitives wanted for murder, rape, child sexual abuse and other serious crimes.

The roundup operation was launched on May 3 targeting 450 people either convicted or suspected of serious offences and wanted by, or believed to be located in, 29 countries.

More than 100 fugitives have already been arrested or located worldwide by the agency.

The arrests included some high-profile suspects such as former Colombian model Angie Sanclemente Valencia, caught in May in Argentina, where she is wanted for drug-trafficking, and Mouamba Munanga of the Democratic Republic of Congo, wanted by France and Bahrain for money-laundering and counterfeit currency, who was picked up in South Africa on June 16.

"The operation has been very successful in locating and arresting a large number of these targets, but what we are now left with are cases in which we have no new information on their whereabouts, which is why we are asking the public to help," said Martin Cox, assistant director of Interpol's fugitive investigative support unit.

Interpol has released to the public pictures of 26 fugitives to back its appeal for help from Internet users, especially on social networking sites and chat rooms.

But he added: "No matter how a member of the public got the information, we would ask that they pass it on."

Information on the whereabouts of the fugitives or any internationally wanted person can be sent to fugitive@interpol.int or be given anonymously to the national Crime Stoppers programmes or via www.csiworld.org. - Sapa-AFP

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